AURORA, ON, April 26 /CNW/ - With the 2011 Spring Seatbelt Campaign
coming to end, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have taken a close
look at how attentive Ontario motorists are being, 35 years after
seatbelt laws were introduced in Ontario.
The annual campaign ran from April 13 to 23, 2011 and during that time,
the OPP maintained a strong presence on roads and highways throughout
the province, ensuring that motorists and vehicle occupants were
properly buckled in.
OPP officers paid special attention to how children were restrained,
making sure that child safety/booster seats were in accordance with
age, height, weight of the child and that they were properly installed.
Preliminary results show that over the course of the campaign, officers
checked 1,050,329 vehicles, laid a total of 5,622 charges against
drivers and a further 1,791 charges against passengers who were not
wearing their seatbelts. A total of 140 charges were laid against
drivers for not having a properly installed/secured child restraint.
Over and above the seatbelt campaign results, OPP statistics reveal that
as of March (2011), lack of restraint was a causal factor in almost
900 motor vehicle collision injuries so far this year and these
numbers concern the OPP's traffic safety provincial commander.
"People continue to endanger their lives, those of their passengers and
even their children by ignoring important seatbelt and child restraint
laws. The motoring public should know that as part of our Provincial
Traffic Safety Program, the OPP will continue to aggressively enforce
traffic safety laws throughout the year, and seatbelt laws will
continue to be at the forefront of our award-winning strategy." - OPP
Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety
& Operational Support.
Seatbelt non-compliance remains one of the four major causes of persons
killed in fatal motor vehicle collisions along with speeding, impaired
driving and driving while distracted.
The OPP are reminding motorists to take their responsibility as a driver
seriously and ensure that everyone is buckled up every time they take
to the road.
For more information about proper child restraints, go to: Ontario.ca Smart Love
For OPP information on Driver Safety tips go to: OPP.CA/ Driver Safety Tips
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| || Contacts by OPP Region: || |
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| Highway Safety Division: || Sergeant Dave Woodford || Phone: 416 553-5471 |
| Central Region: || Constable Peter Leon || Phone: 705 329-7414 |
| East Region: || Sergeant Kristine Rae || Phone: 613 284-4557 |
| Northeast Region: || Inspector Mark Andrews || Phone: 705 475-2620 |
| Northwest Region: || Sergeant Shelley Garr || Phone: 807 473-2734 |
| West Region: || Sergeant Dave Rektor || Phone: 519 652-4156 |
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